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Beiträge aus:Mai 2020

Unknown photographer, Al HaMishmar newspaper, 6 June 1966.

In May 1966, Konrad Adenauer visited Israel as an official guest of the government. Of the several demonstrations that overshadowed the former West German chancellor’s visit, the one held at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem on 5 May was the most turbulent. More than just attesting to the Israeli attitude towards (West) Germany at the time, the violent clashes that broke out between student demonstrators and the Israeli police in front of the National and University Library in Jerusalem reveal the internal social tensions between what would come to be known as the “First” and “Second” Israel.

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The Benin House around 1947 © Courtesy of Dana Sokoletsky

On the corner of Rothschild Boulevard and Nachlat Binyamin Street in downtown Tel Aviv stands an office building: the Benin House. Dwarfed today by skyscrapers, in its day it was an urban landmark, built in the International Style by architect Zaki Chelouche.

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Consul Chaim Yahil greeted by children of Traunstein DP camp. Published in: Das Wort, 8 April 1949, page 4. The Central Zionist Archives, A382/1.

​On the afternoon of May 14, 1948, while the People’s Council headed by David Ben-Gurion convened in Tel Aviv to declare the establishment of the State of Israel, members of the »Palestinian Delegation to the Surviving Remnant [of European Jewry]« gathered around radios at the Jewish Agency’s headquarters in Möhlstraße in Munich to listen to this declaration.

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Brief von Hannah Arendt an Käte Hamburger, 21. Juni 1971. © Deutsches Literaturarchiv Marbach, A: Hamburger 91.4.539. Mit freundlicher Genehmigung des Deutschen Literaturarchivs Marbach und Georges Borchardt, Inc.

Nachdem Hannah Arendt im Frühjahr 1971 die kleine Schrift »Rahel und Goethe« gelesen hatte, schrieb sie an die Verfasserin, die 1956 aus dem schwedischen Exil in die Bundesrepublik zurückgekehrte Literaturwissenschaftlerin Käte Hamburger, einen empörten Brief.

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